Saturday, July 23, 2011

Facts about all organisms

  •  Sharks are immune to cancer 
  • An orca whale can hold its breath for up to 15 minutes
  • Orca
  • Orcas (killer whales), when traveling in groups, breathe in unison
  • The fur of the binturong, also known as the "Asian Bear Cat," smells like popcorn. The scent is believed to come from a gland located near the tail 
  • binturong
  •  For more than 3,000 years, Carpenter ants have been used to close wounds in India, Asia and South America
  • Carpenter ants
  •  The longest distance a deepwater lobster has been recorded to travel is 225 miles
  • Scallops have approximately 100 eyes around the edge of its shell 
  • Scallops
  •  A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana
  • A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs
  • Not all polar bears hibernate; only pregnant females polar bears do
  • The Koala bear is not really a bear, but is really related to the kangaroo and the wombat.
  • The hydra, which is related to the jellyfish, can grow its body back in a couple of days if it is cut in half
  • Chinese Crested dogs can get acne
    Chinese crested dogs
  • Irish Wolfhound dogs have a short lifespan and live about 7-8 years
  • Female alligators lay about 40 eggs that hatch in 60 - 70 days
  • Emus cannot walk backwards
  • The only species of turtle that lives in the open ocean is the sea turtle
  • Some octopuses have been known to eat their arms off when they are exposed to stressful situations
  • The skeleton of a spider is located on the outside of the body. The name for this is exoskelton
  • Some snails live on branches in trees
  • An average city dog lives approximately three years longer than an average country dog
  • Rabbits can live up to ten years
  • Dumbest Dog: Afghan hound 
  • Afghan hound
  •  The honey badger can withstand hundreds of bee stings that would otherwise kill another animal
  • An armadillo can walk under water
    armadillo
  • On average, a typical dairy cow lies down and stands up about 14 times a day
  • The Basenji dog is the only dog that is not able to bark 
    Basenji dog
  • A rabbit is not able to vomit
  • Cheetahs are the fastest land animal and can reach speeds up to 72mph
  • One of the most dangerous insect in the world is the common housefly. They carry and transmit more diseases than any other animal in the world
  • The Great White Shark can grow to be more than twenty feet long and can weigh approximately 4,000 pounds
  • A leech has 32 brains
  • Vampire bat saliva has been responsible for many advances in research into stroke recovery
  • The biggest bug in the world is the Goliath Beetle which can weigh up to 3.5 ounces and be 4.5 inches long 
    Goliath Beetle
  • Goats do not have upper front teeth
  • Octopus and squid are thought to be the most intelligent of all invertebrates
  • On average, a beaver can cut down two hundred trees a year.
  • The fastest shark is the "Shortfin Mako" which can swim as fast as sixty miles per hour
  • Shortfin Mako
  • Mosquitoes have teeth
  • Panthers are known as black leopards, as they are the same species of leopard. If looked at closely, black spots can be seen on a panther
  • Dolphins hear by having sound waves transmit through their skull to their inner ear region
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten
  • A butterfly can see the colors red, green, and yellow
  • Lions cannot roar until they reach the age of two.
  • A baby kangaroo is called a Joey
  • True spiders always have organs for spinning silk known as spinnerets
  • A species of dolphin is born naturally blind in the Indus and Ganges rivers in South Asia. These dolphins have a highly sophisticated sonar system and swim on only one side of their body
  • An oyster can change its gender
  • Polar bear livers contain so much Vitamin A that it can be fatal if eaten by a human
  • A penguin swims at a speed of approximately 15 miles per hour
  • The Barn Owls hearing is so highly developed that they can hunt for their prey in total darkness 
  • Barn Owls
  • Spiders usually have eight eyes, but still they cannot see that well
  • The Lemon shark grows about 24,000 new teeth a year. A new set of teeth grow approximately every 14 days 
  • Lemon shark
  • In one trip, a honey bee visits about 75 flowers
  • A chicken loses its feathers when it becomes stressed
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